Antarctica has always fascinated me. I live in Christchurch where both New Zealand and the US have Antarctic programs based and I often see the big planes being loaded up to go down to the ice. There are frequently stories in the local paper about flights resuming after winter, interesting visitors to the bases and various happenings. But a while back I read an article that made me sit up and laugh. It reported the number of condoms shipped to one of the bases – 16,500. That was to last them the year and for a base that had a winter population of about 130 people?! I’m thinking oooookaaaay.
(Admittedly, the visitor numbers drastically increase in the summer season).
Then I heard whispers of a girl-on-girl jello wrestling event (apparently the organiser got sent back North after that) and with events like the mid-winter ice plunge, and the naked run around the South Pole and the fact that they advise you to bring some fancy and/or formal dress with you?! Well, you begin to get the impression that it's not all microscopes and penguin monitoring!
And it's that aspect of life on the ice that really got me thinking about a story. It's such an artificial environment and the residents (a combination of scientists and support crew) all live in small bases perched on the edge of the ice. There's either eternal sunshine or nothing but night... so what do those people do for a few laughs or to keep the mood light when they're working so hard and for such long hours?
These tantalizing news snippets and helped form the idea for MELT. I wanted to write a romantic story that celebrated that fascinating environment, with a worthy hero and heroine who were all iced up themselves and needed to find each other...
When two frozen hearts collide… Emma Reed closed her heart to love years ago after a lifetime spent getting kicked around foster homes and bad relationships. Now she's on a mission to prove she deserves her recent award to paint a mural for a research base in Antarctica. Nothing and no one is going to get in her way. After months working in recovery zones around the world, Hunter Wilson planned to escape everything this holiday season by rebuilding a lab at the Kiwi Research Base. Alone. No to family, no to fun. It’s isolation not intimacy he’s aching for. But when he sees the determined artist, that ache becomes an urge – after all, shouldn’t someone show her what two people can do with twenty-four hours of brilliant sunlight? In the coldest place on earth, even the most frozen hearts can melt.
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USA TODAY bestseller Natalie Anderson writes fun, frisky, feels-good contemporary romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon and Entangled. With twenty books published, she’s also been a Romantic Times Award nominee & a finalist for the R*BY (Romantic Book of the Year).
She lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband, four children and what feels like a million ducks.
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